The issue on the table: France is in the middle of their own revolution.
Do we commit aid and troops to this alliance or do we declare neutrality?
Remember, my decision on this matter is not up to congressional approval.
Secretary Jefferson, you have 45 seconds
[JEFFERSON] Clears throat
When we were on death's door, when we were needy
We made a promise, we signed a treaty
We needed money and guns and half a chance
Uhh, who provided those funds?
In return, they didn't ask for land
Only a promise that we'd lend a hand
And stand with them if they fought against oppressors
And revolution is messy but now is the time to stand
Stand with our brothers as they fight against tyranny
I know that Alexander Hamilton is here
And he would rather not have this debate
I'll remind you that he is not Secretary of State
He knows nothing of loyalty
Smells like new money, dresses like fake royalty
Desperate to rise above his station
Everything he does betrays the ideals of our nation
Oh, uh, and if ya
[JEFFERSON & MADISON]
Don’t know, now ya know, Mr. President
Thank you, Secretary Jefferson
Secretary Hamilton, your reply?
Let it go!
You must be out of your goddamn mind
If you think the President is gonna
Bring the nation to the brink of
Meddling in the middle of a military mess
A game if chess, where France is
Queen and Kingless
We signed a treaty with a King
Whose head is now in a basket
Would you like to take it out and ask it?
"Should we honor our treaty, King Louis' head?"
"Oh… I can't hear him, he's super dead!”
Enough! Hamilton is right
We're too fragile to start another fight
But, sir, do we not fight for freedom?
Sure, when the French figure out who's gonna lead 'em
The people are leading
The people are rioting
There's a difference, frankly
It's a little disquieting you would
Let your ideals blind you to reality